States get more time to spend funds on micro irrigation

The Agriculture Ministry has extended by a month the deadline for States to utilise funds under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY).

  1. Under the scheme, States were supposed to restore water bodies and converge micro irrigation projects.
  2. The schemes had to be implemented by States but if they failed to do so, then they would stand to lose the funds.
  3. Against a target of 5 lakh hectares, only 1.32 lakh hectares had been brought under micro irrigation.
  4. The programme envisages drought proofing, drip and sprinkler irrigation and tying up with MGNREGA schemes, all of which are within the purview of State governments.
Irrigation In India – PMKSY, AIBP, Watershed Management, Neeranchan, etc.
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